WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!

 

tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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st-andrews COME AND VISIT
We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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episcopal church THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE
St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330
Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org
Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org
Office Fax:
1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S

AUTUMN ENERGY!

Here at St Andrew’s Church we are looking forward to the great beauty of the coming months and for the special grace that comes from living together in our community of faith—so join us in many things—and make it a point to be with us each week to break bread together! 

IT’S TIME TO HELP ST ANDREW’S and reconsider your role in keeping her lights on, Christ’s light, for everyone—and the generations to come.  It’s “Stewardship Season” again, and over the next few weeks we will ask you to read, think about, and pray over, the information you’ll be receiving.  Our focus will be “KEEPING YOUR PROMISES,” specifically, the promises we made, or that were made for us, at our baptisms into the life of Christ.   YOUR ROLE IN ST ANDREW’S CONTINUED VITALITY IS CRITICAL—AND WE ARE SO BLESSED FOR YOU AND FOR WHAT YOU MAY GIVE.  A few of our more generous givers have recently moved or passed away, so it’s up to us to fill the void.  May God move us to fill it with our love and from our own treasure!

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY IS SAINT ANDREW’S DAY! Please plan to join us on Sunday, November 23 for our traditional BREAKFAST POTLUCK as we honor our very own patron saint (Andrew) and the patron Saint of Scotland (Andrew)! PLEASE CONSIDER BRINGING SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUSLY TASTY FOR US TO SHARE AND SIGN UP IN THE PARISH HALL. And get ready for bagpipes and kilts as we Kirk those Tartans!

NEWSFLASH:  ISLAND YOUTH TO MINISTER AMONG THE HOMELESS.  That’s right, The Net (Island youth group for middle and high schoolers) will be going back to the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, to learn about, meet, and serve Boston’s homeless—just about the time it’s getting REALLY COLD OUT THERE.  They’re collecting some items to bring—CAN YOU HELP?  Here’s what Cristina LaRue, The Net’s leader, has asked the youth to help bring in:In preparation for this trip, all members of the Net are asked to collect items that we will bring with us to Boston to distribute to the homeless. Please bring collected items to our Sunday night meetings or drop them off at your home church. Please DO NOT bring children’s clothes, dress clothes, pajamas, or out of season clothes. Think about what you would wear camping or hiking. About 80% of what you should collect should be for men or unisex. Large sizes are very much in demand.  The most needed items are:

  1. All kinds of carrying cases
  2. Travel-size toiletries such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, toothpaste, and shaving cream
  3. New white socks (there can never be enough of these!)
  4. New underwear (80% for men)
  5. Sleeping bags and blankets
  6. Warm coats
  7. Sweat shirts and sweat pants
  8. Sweaters
  9. Long-sleeve shirts
  10. Pants, jeans, khakis (80% for men)
  11. Hats, waterproof gloves
  12. Belts

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’    -Jesus (as quoted by Matthew)

Please bring in your donations and leave them in the specially-marked box in the Parish Hall over the next three weeks!

 

OUR ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets every Tuesday morning at 8:22 am over in the Parish Hall.  This past week we had an awesome conversation!  Come share a cup of coffee and some thoughts with us!

 

WE COULD SURE USE A COUPLE OR THREE COFFEE HOUR HOSTS to get on our rotating schedule—it‘s a wonderful ministry to host an after-party following our Sunday celebrations!  Please see Cindy Flanders after worship, or call her at 939-9375, or email her at caflan1257@aol.com.  Great ministry—give it a go!

 

THE ISLAND FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  NEXT WEEK we’d love it if you could bring in PASTA or SPAGHETTI SAUCE.   Please place your blessings in the humongous Island Food Pantry box in the Parish Hall—and thanks for your caring heart!

 

GREAT NEWS ABOUT OUR MISSION LIFE IN EL SALVADOR!  Our Mission Group recently met on Oct 14 and made the following determinations:

  • To plan a return trip to El Maizal in late October or early November 2015
  • To help raise $5,200 to fund repairs of the water tower and a water pump

There is some great excitement about this—and we hope ANYONE who wants to join us on our next trip feels like they can!  We’ll leave a list in the Parish Hall asking for anyone interested to participate in our mission work (in any way), to leave a name and phone number/email address.  We will now undertake the planning for these two projects.

 

Mission to El Maizal 2014

Hit this link and visit YouTube for a wonderful slide show of the Mission Group’s visit to El Maizal, El Salvador, this past June!!

SEE SOME GREAT PHOTOS!  USE THE ABOUT US TAB ABOVE/LIFE AT ST. ANDREWS.

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       Church Office Hours:

  • Heather Anne Slayton, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—3:00 pm.

  • Father Chip Seadale:  Monday 9—11 am and Wednesday 2—4 pm (and available by appointment). 

  • Please note that Heather Anne is not in the office Saturday through Monday, and Father Chip is not in the office Friday and Saturday. 

  • Father Chip can always be reached in emergencies on his cell at 774-563-9716.


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  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandra Mott

Members at Large:  

Adam Wilson, Claudia Metell, Dean Gifford, Paul Anastacio, Suzanne Alberich and Pam Monterosso